“To pool or not to pool—that is the question.” It may not be one of Shakespeare’s greatest lines, but it’s a good question for homeowners in the Naples area. After all, pools and Florida homes just seem to go together. And while there is no state law requiring Floridians to install pools in their homes, a lot of residents do. In fact, it’s been reported that 40 percent of all single-family homes sold in Sarasota County in 2015 had private swimming pools.
We haven’t seen any figures for Collier Country, but it’s probably safe to say that home swimming pools are pretty popular here as well. The big question, however, is if it’s right for you and your Naples home. What are some of the pros and cons of putting in a swimming pool if you don’t already have one?
First, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of having your own pool.
- Convenience: There are a lot of great beaches in the Naples area (LINK TO The Best Beaches in Naples above) but you may not want to drive every time you want to take a dip. Maybe you just want to take a 5-minute swim to cool off before dinner. You’re probably not going to get in the car and drive 30 minutes to the beach to do that. It’s really convenient to slip on your suit and take a dip in the backyard.
- Privacy: A lot of people prefer the privacy of their own home for swimming. You don’t have to worry about what you’re wearing or how you look. On top of that, it’s often more relaxing to swim in quiet solitude.
- A Natural Place to Gather: For many homeowners in the Naples area, the pool is a great place to gather and entertain. It’s a natural draw and a great way to get to know potential friends. There is something very inviting about having dinner, or drinks around the pool. And it’s a good place for conversation without interruptions. Some homeowners make the pool area the focal point of outdoor living at the back of their home. Here’s an article that looks at ideas for creating a fantastic pool house to complement your pool.
Not To Pool
In order to make a good decision about whether or not a pool is right for you, it's smart to balance the fun side of pool ownership with the responsibilities. So let's take a quick look at some of those things.
- Cost: Putting in a pool isn’t inexpensive. There is excavation to be done. You’ll require plumbing and drainage as well as electrical work. All of that adds up to a fair amount of material and labor. Naturally, the exact cost of installing a pool will vary dramatically depending on the size and complexity of the pool design. But to give you a starting point, the typical cost for an in-ground pool (according to improvenet.com) can range from $37,000 to $46,000.
- Maintenance: Pools require regular maintenance. You’ll want to check and clean filters regularly. You’ll also need to keep the water clear and clean with regular chemical treatments. You can do this yourself or hire someone to do it, but it’s not something you can afford to ignore.
- Liability: Part of your responsibility in owning a pool is to ensure that it is safe—not only for you but for those around you. In addition to making sure your pool is secure (by means of a fence or other enclosure), you may have increased insurance premiums.
None of these things necessarily mean you shouldn’t have a pool, but they are issues you should take into consideration before making your decision.
What About Resale?
A lot of home remodeling research appears to indicate that installing a pool has a pretty low return on investment. There are statistics to back that up. But before you take that at face value, you need to consider whether those figures are for Florida homes or if they are national figures. According to investopedia.com adding a pool in a “Sun Belt”-area home (like Naples) you can expect up to an 11 percent return on your investment.
Is It Worth It to YOU?
The decision to put in a pool or not isn’t just a financial one. What you really want to consider is if doing so will make you happier, healthier, or more comfortable. Pools are great for exercise and entertainment—if you really use them that way. So be realistic about how you’ll actually use your pool—and how often. If you won’t get a lot of personal benefit or enjoyment from it, you may be better off spending your money on other improvements. On the other hand, if you plan to use it a lot for your own health and social enjoyment, there’s nothing quite like it—especially in this part of the country.